AudioBox USB by PreSonus

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The AudioBox USB 2×2 is one of the best performing audio interfaces you can get for about $100. If you are setting up your music production studio this model bight just be for you. When it comes to big names in the industry, PreSonus has always been there with remarkable audio gear for music producers’ home studios in both high end and budget markets. The rugged design of PreSonus comes with a very durable, heavy-duty chassis that can withstand some serious abuse. Overall, it is very sturdy indeed.

AudioBox USB: Characteristics

The aesthetics of the AudioBox USB 2×2 is decent, but is no especially appealing. Depending on your studio requirements or design, this pieces has a blue and silver theme. You can get a bit confused with the control cluster; in this sense, PreSonus went with a bit of an odd diagonal layout. However, it’s nothing from another world: you can easily understand it. Moreover, inside the rugged box you will find the star of the package, the Class A microphone preamp, which is the star of the show. When you compare the other components and compare it with other budget interfaces they are pretty much the same standard. But, in this case, the AudioBox 2×2 preamp is up there with the very best.

PreSonus offers two channels, both of which can take a 1/4″ TRS or an XLR connector, which adds to the versatility. Along comes a 48v phantom power switch for condenser mics. In addition, it has a pair of MIDI ports, both with input and output, as well as a balanced main out coming in the form of two 1/4″ TRS ports. This AudioBox is USB bus-powered, which is a good thing to keep cables at a minimum. Plus, PreSonus ships its audio interface with a copy of their own Studio One Artist DAW, as well a the Studio Magic plugin suite. This audio interface is well worth considering if you’re trying to build a home studio on a tight budget without compromising on sound quality and speed.